Two Cedar Rapids Venues Ranked as Top Selling Venues Worldwide

Paramount Theatre & McGrath Amphitheatre among the best-selling venues in Pollstar

(Cedar Rapids, IA) – Pollstar, the leading data provider for the live entertainment industry, recently announced third quarter ticket sale rankings for venues throughout the world. Two City of Cedar Rapids owned entertainment venues have been recognized on a global scale for number of tickets sold. The McGrath Amphitheatre is ranked 31 and the Paramount Theatre is ranked 41 in their respective categories.

Rankings are based on data reported to Pollstar for shows that played between November 19, 2020 and August 18, 2021.

The McGrath Amphitheatre opened in 2014 and hosts community events and national-touring concerts, generating an average of $3.6 million in consumer spending annually within Cedar Rapids.

The historic Paramount Theatre opened in 1928 and hosts community events, national-touring concerts, Broadway musicals and more. On average, the venue generates $5.8 million in consumer spending annually within Cedar Rapids.

“For the last year and a half, the live entertainment industry was decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful to the City of Cedar Rapids for their on-going support of these important venues that provide so much entertainment and quality of life for our residents during these challenging times,” said Michael Silva, executive director of VenuWorks of Cedar Rapids. “Every event produced at these City-owned facilities also has a significant, positive impact on the Cedar Rapids economy. We are thrilled to be recognized on a global scale, alongside some very prestigious venues throughout the world.”

VenuWorks, based out of Ames, Iowa, provides customized management solutions for arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centers throughout the country with services that include operations, catering, concessions, along with the booking and marketing of sports and entertainment events. VenuWorks of Cedar Rapids proudly manages the Alliant Energy PowerHouse, McGrath Amphitheatre, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and the Cedar Rapids Tourism Office.

Jake Owen at the McGrath Amphitheatre August 15, 2021